Welcome to NICA!
The National Independent Concessionaires Association is a membership-driven organization dedicated to strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival, and Special Events Industries through effective communication, benefits, education, leadership, and solutions.
Our growing membership includes over 1000 mobile food and retail Concessionaires, Fairs, Festivals, and Associate Members in Industry-related companies that specialize in distribution, insurance, manufacturing, supplies, and special services in the United States and Canada. NICA's large number of benefits include discounts on variety of items including food, beverages, supplies, travel, and lodging, so you can make the most of your season.
NICA participates in a majority of State Fair annual conventions nationwide along with the WFA Convention and NICA Sysco Marketplace in January, NICA Business Expo and Fare Foods Food Show in February, Florida Federation of Fairs Convention and Trade Show in May, and NICA Marketplace and IAFE Convention and Trade Show in November.
Thank You for Attending NICA Marketplace, "Together!"
Wow, what a week! Our Opening and Closing General Sessions, Educational Workshops, "How To" Sessions, Roundtables, and Trade Show were packed! We learned how to "Think Like Walt," thanks to Michael Bradley during the Opening Session and "What's on the Horizon?" with Gene Cassidy, CFE during the Closing General Session. Our educational workshops covered important topics such as "Affordability Defines Perceived Value," "The Ever, Ever-Changing Landscape of Commercial Exhibits," "What is Your Exit Strategy?" "Building A Food Safety Program," "Make it Pretty and Hide the Ugly," "The Sponsorship Conundrum," "Punch Up Your Purchasing Power," "The Nuts and Bolts of Successful Selling," "Math Problems, Riddles, and Their Answers," "What’s New?" "Locating Labor and Rising Labor Costs," and "Social Media and Marketing Do Work." We also had a strong showing for our Sysco Warehouse Tour on Wednesday. Thank you to our Sponsors and most importantly, YOU! We are very thankful for your continued support!
Thriving While Surviving Together
For NICA, 2022 marks 29 years as an organization. Our theme for 2022 is “Thriving While Surviving!” NICA works with many of our sister organizations like CAFE, IAFE, IFEA, OABA, WFA, State and Provincial Fair Associations, and more to resolve the many issues facing the Industry such as rising costs, labor, transfer of ownership, and more. Now, as we close out our 29th year of forward thinking and enforcing the NICA mission of strengthening relationships with the Fair, Festival and Special Event Industries through effective communication, benefits, education, leadership and solutions, it continues to be important that we keep pace with an ever-changing world.
The discount and savings programs that NICA has negotiated with our premiere partners are just another way we are building relationships throughout this industry in order to bring much needed and REAL benefits to our members. See the latest Benefit Booklet for more details.